Deforestation: Ebonyi council donates 500 gas cylinders to rural women
By Ruth Oginyi
Ikwo local government council area of Ebonyi state, Tuesday, commenced distribution of five hundred (500) cooking gas cylinder to the rural women in the area.
The project launched in Onueke, Ezza South, last month, by minister of women affairs, Pauline Tallen, would be distributed across the 20 political wards in the local government.
While flagging off the distribution exercise in Ndufu Echera, the council headquarters, Elder Stephen Orogwu, the council chairman, said the distribution of the cooking gas project and tree planting initiative of the federal government, will go down to the 20 political wards in Ikwo. He said the project was part of efforts by government of Ebonyi state and federal to check deforestation.
“Ikwo people, particularly our women, are overwhelmed by this singular gesture of the federal government under President Buhari for approving the distribution of gas cylinders to our rural women, so as to address the problems of deforestation with its attendant consequences.
“Cooking with firewood has negative effects, including grave economic disadvantage to its practitioners. Households that use firewoods spend significant and always increasing amounts of their time collecting the firewood, time that could be more productively spent in other types of work.
“Fetching firewood cause injuries and diseases. Ailment such as asthma, bronchitis, child pneumonia lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, as well as low birth – weight in children can be caused by chronic exposure to the exhausts of traditional cookers.
“Very importantly, like others, is an environmental damage, excess emissions of global warmers carbon- dioxide and black carbon; and deforestation.
“To avoid these negatives consequences, one option is to switch from wood fuel energy source to another. Clearly, this option, particularly the use of fossil fuel combustion, meets the criteria of large increase in combustion efficiency. It saves time, prevents diseases and restores our environment.
“With over 540 million households around the world currently using wood to fuel their cooking with corresponding consequences of climate change effects, it becomes pertinent to introduce measures that will prevent major climate change disaster, hence, the expansion of the use of gas as alternative to firewood, thereby, reducing deforestation and embarking on tree planting for the restoration of the ecosystem,” he said.